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Los Angeles-based Pumpkin Patch Pet Rescue helps special needs cats and dogs that may often be overlooked. The shelter was established six years ago and became an established non-profit almost two years ago, Newsweek reported.

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The rescue fosters cats and dogs with special needs and gives them the medical care and Support they need before finding them a forever home.

“We started rescuing and fostering about 6 years ago. The rescue was inspired and named after our sweet boy, Pumpkin. He was our first special needs baby,” the owner of Pumpkin Patch Pet Rescue, Melissa Lamprey told Newsweek.

“Pumpkin was in a shelter and scheduled for euthanasia due to being sick. His illnesses were treatable, but most shelters in Los Angeles do not have the time, space, or resources to treat sick, injured or very young animals,” Lamprey said. “Unfortunately in the currently overburdened shelter system, animals are euthanized daily for treatable illnesses or injuries. This is why we decided to focus on those types of animals.”

Currently, the rescue is caring for five special needs animals. One of the cats named Tulip has radial aplasia, which is a limb abnormality.

“We deal with everything from hernia repair to leg removal to brain issues,” said Lamprey. “These animals most often require surgery and longer-term care for a disability, birth defect, or injury. We provide the animal with all medical care needed to get into its best possible condition.”

Three of their animals are available for adoption, and hope to find their forever home soon!

With an estimated 7.6 million animals entering America’s shelters every year, fostering is important because it helps reduce overcrowding in shelters and opens up space for other animals to be saved. It also helps prepare animals for adoption by giving them a chance to live in a home where they can fully express their personality, work to overcome fears, or recover from trauma.

Having foster animals around is hard work, but it is so rewarding and very fun! It is something that will keep you up at night and steal time out of your day. But you won’t regret a second of it! As a foster parent, you will be loving, raising, and caring for the kittens so that they can grow up and find their forever homes.

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